Richard Anthony Ziemba, 81, of Hillside Ave., Branford, husband of the late Frances Plympton Ziemba, passed away suddenly August 26, 2018. He was the loving father of Karen (Frank) Majkut of Hopkinton, RI, Brenda (Stuart) Magoveny of Northford, and Michele (Dave) Bolduc of North Haven. Brother of Irene Lewis of Milford, CT and Bernice Zedalis of VA. Richard is also survived by two grandchildren, Gillianne and Michael Bolduc. He was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Kisiel and Genevieve Repass, and two brothers, John and Edward Ziemba. Richard was born in Hartford, CT May 26, 1937, a son of the late Joseph P. and Sophie Stawiarski Ziemba, and proudly served in the US Army from 1955-1957. He received a BS degree from Quinnipiac College in 1978, and was employed in advertising sales at WICC and WELI. He also owned Bedford Group Advertising, and was an adjunct professor at SCSU. Rich was a member of the Southern CT Cycle Club, a founder of the North Haven Camera Club and the Silver Screen Movie Club of North Haven. He also was an avid photographer and enjoyed cycling, reading, movies, and the performing arts. He had been a volunteer at Gaylord Hospital since 2012, and he also volunteered at Elim Park and Smilow Cancer Center. Relatives and friends may visit with his family on Friday August 31, 2018 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and also may attend a Celebration Service at 5:30 at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Memorial contributions may be sent to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, 50 Gaylord Farm Rd., Wallingford, CT 06492, www.gaylord.org.

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  1. I am so sorry. I worked with Dick many years ago at WELI. Later he was kind enough to book me to address one of the groups he was involved with. And of course I’m so grateful he reunited so many of us for the annual reunion. Good, decent man. Gone too soon.

  2. Please accept my deepest condolences. I was a friend of Rich’s through the Southern CT Cycling Club and also enjoyed going to and talking about movies with him. Rich was always was cheerful and helpful. We had some great conversations. He will be sorely missed. Carol Nardini

  3. My dad told me that when I was born, he congratulated Ritchie on now being an uncle. He started to cry and said he didn’t want to be an uncle yet, I guess it was hard to process at age six! Carol

  4. Please accept my condolences. I remember Rich from our days at the North Haven Camera Club. I will always remember Rich as one of the most vibrant and enthusiastic people I’ve known. He always had a positive attitude which was inspiring to all. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  5. So very sorry for your loss. It is such a shock. We were pals for a while and went to movies and dinner together. He was a very sweet and giving man. It is so strange as he just moved in behind me in Branford. So sudden. My thoughts are with you all.

  6. It has been our privilege to know Richard for the brief time he has been a resident with us at Green View Commons here in Branford. He quickly became the resident organizer for our get-togethers in our community room. He will be missed by all.

  7. Please accept our condolences. Sorry to hear about his departure. We will continue his legacy.
    From all of us at the North Haven Movie Club.

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